Christmas 2017

Another Holiday season is in the books. And let me tell you, it was a good one! Our Christmas vacation was essentially stretched out over 4 days, with the kids and I being off on Friday and Monday. We were busy!

Thursday – I picked the kids up from school and we went to BRGR for early bird special Burgers and fries.

Greyson ate almost 2 whole chicken fingers which was a Christmas miracle in itself!

After dinner we headed out to the Butler County Fairgrounds for the Shadrack Christmas Light Show. I had heard a lot of good things about it and it didn’t disappoint. We all loved the music and the lights and the holiday spirit.

Friday we had tumbling and I ran errands and then the evening was spent at Grammy’s playing with cars, eating pizza and petting her cats.

Christmas is almost here!

Sunday – Merry Christmas Eve!

Our Christmas Eve was spent at Grandma & Papa’s house.

We started out the night opening presents

and presents…

and MORE presents! We were all pretty spoiled.

Grandma made an Italian Feast and we were all pretty excited to eat.


We started out with stuffies, caramelized onion puffs and snail salad.

And then I must have put my phone away because I missed pictures of the baccala, linguine with clam sauce, fried shrimp, crab cakes…oh boy. There was a lot of food! And it was so delicious. Grandma outdid herself!

We all made it into bed by 10, which is the latest our kids have ever stayed up. I was expecting them to sleep till 7.

Monday – Christmas Day

So, they woke up at 5:40 (shocker!) and wanted to “get in Mommy and Daddy’s bed, drink milk and watch Paw Patrol”. I went downstairs to make coffee, feed the dog and wait to video tape them coming downstairs to see what Santa had brought them.

1/2 hour later and I’m on my second mug enjoying the lights and a little Xmas Vacation.


They got a big train table (which Greyson hasn’t stopped playing with)

and a roller coaster.

plus stocking stuffers (Mickey Roaster Racer stuff)

And magic coloring books.

And Mother Nature brought us a white Christmas!

Around 10:00, my Dad & Anna, my brother and his Family and Jarrad’s family joined us for brunch. More presents!

It was organized chaos.

I’ve always said that Jarrad’s Dad and sister have never taken a bad picture. Well shoot them with mouth fulls of food and that’ll do it. Hence why I blurred them out! We had a lovely morning.

After naps, we headed over to my brothers to celebrate with my Mom and Carl. I don’t think I took a single picture! I need to go back and reread Blogging 101. But Katie made the best pot roast I’ve ever had and we opened MORE presents. We are all so very blessed.

It was a beautiful holiday season. I am so thankful that we have our health and our families and our special Beans. It was truly an amazing time of year. 2017 was a good one.


2017 Mug Exchange

So let’s forget the fact that I’ve turned into an awful blogger over the last couple of months. I have good intentions but man, time gets away from me. But I’m determined to get back in the game and I’m letting Stephanie’s Mug Exchange give me the jump start I need.

To know me is to know that I LOVE coffee. When I saw this Mug Love Exchange pop up on Danielle’s blog, I knew I wanted in on it!

I was paired up with Bri from School in our Slippers. Bri is kind of like Superwoman. Not only does she have 4 beautiful kiddos…she’s homeschooling them too!  And I’m not gonna lie…her pics of sweet baby Rutley totally give me baby fever and now I want like 62 more kids. (Calm down, Jerry. I know…we’re done).

Bri sent me a list of some mugs that she liked and I immediately saw she had fabulous taste. It was just like mine!! And I am absolutely in love with the one she sent. It’s the perfect size (LARGE) and the design sets the mood for fall but will be fun to use all year long.

She also sent this adorable house for the kids to put together. The Beans love crafts so we’re super excited for this. Plus some coffee for me (yay!) and some candy corn for snacking.

This was such a fun blogger exchange and I just love “meeting” new friends. It looks like Bri got our care package so pop on over to her blog and check it out. And say Hi while you’re at it!

Thank you for my new favorite mug, Bri! It’s going to get a LOT of use! xo


School days and the start of TWOs!

The Beans just completed their last week in the Toddler room at daycare! I feel like they just started.

Here they are their first week in Toddlers. oh em gee…


So how was their last week.

Tuesday – they painted the walls of the “playground” with water.

They were big fans of this activity.

And they were really good at it!

Wednesday – oh ya know…just more mowing the astroturf.

In our matching paint splatter shirts.

Thursday  – They got their playgound back!! The construction on their building was finally complete and playtime resumed where it should.

And Greyson decided to pose for his senior picture. Why does he look so grown up???

This little squish was so happy to have her bench back!

And she worked hard on her carpenter skills. It was construction week.

They love the trees on the playground and applying teamwork to shake their ball from the branches.

Friday – Fynnlee missed her last day in Toddlers due to a little digestive situation she had going on. But Greyson played hard for the both of them!

And then Monday was their first day in TWOs!

Walking in like he owns the joint.

This class room is a lot more structured then Toddlers. We get a curriculum each week outlining what they will be learning. And there are more rules and focus on life skills, in addition to basics like spelling, counting (in English and Spanish), colors, etc…

The Beans are HUGE fans of Bubbles so this was a great week for them to start in their new classroom.

Making bubble bottles.

They still get their favorite playtime in the MMZ…

With all of their favorite balls.

I’m so excited for them to be moving up and learning new things. We absolutely adored their teachers and it’s going to be a tough transition in that respect. 

You can see how much they love their Toddler teachers in this sneak preview of their school pictures :).

But Bright Horizons has such an amazing staff and I know we’ll love their new teachers too!


What a week!

What a week, right?!

I feel like I’m stuck somewhere between Good grief this was the longest week ever and Where the heck did this week go?? Maybe because I look at my calendar and it’s jam packed over the next 3 or 4 weeks. Lots of fun, FUN stuff on the horizon and this Sunday kicks off Birthday Week for my two favorite little people. You guys…how do I have two year old children?? I seriously can’t even….

So rather than bawl my eyes out, I’m going to recap all the fun of the week.


Who is this giant child riding a bike with a helmet on???

Greyson spent the day with the Big kids in the Twos class. He’s ready to move up.


We had a bright sunny day which meant a ride around the campus in the big buggy.

Think they like this activity?


Rainy day = playtime in the MMZ


Still rainy but she won’t let that get her down.

He makes friends where ever he goes.  Plastic people are no exception.

The afternoon cleared up and that meant a walk in the sun.


Never to young to start some light yard work. She takes her job very seriously. 

Him….not so much. 

It’s all fun and games to Greyson. 

I’m headed to Hershey PA for a girls weekend. Can’t wait to hang with my BFF, hit the spa and eat lots of chocolate! Happy weekend to you.


Catch up

Who wants to see what the kids were up to last week at school? I thought you might.

Monday – Sunny day spent on the playground

Tuesday – Drawing and playtime in the MMZ

Wednesday – exploring a birds nest with our magnifying glasses

(These 3 musketeers have been friends since day one of their daycare days. Vivian is a few weeks younger than our kids but they have basically grown up together.)

Thursday – lots of play and stories

Friday – Crazy weather for our Pirates home opener. We still wore our gear.


So the weekend was a bit of a bust due to Fynnlee’s current “digestive” situation. She was still refusing to go to the bathroom and her little hiney was raw and so, so sore.

Saturday – Jerry took Fynnlee to the doctors and I took Greyson to the playground.

Then Oliver and baby Ellis came over for a playdate.

We had some lunch

And my ovaries basically exploded when I saw Jerry holding Ellis. He is so dreamy. Ellis is pretty cute too.


High of 35 on Friday….75 on Sunday. Western PA has a split personality. Jerry took Greyson to swim class and I stayed home with Fynnlee. She was feeling a little better and we had fun playing on the deck.

Once they got home, we loaded up the kids and went to the playground. Yes, front facing seats…I’m a rebel.

It was a gorgeous Sunday and we were all happy for some fresh air.

We stopped at Bruster’s on the way home and it turns out my kids don’t like ice cream What the what?

Fynnlee stayed home Monday and Today. A couple of days of frequent diaper changes and no pants is on her agenda. Here’s hoping for a good rest of the week! 


Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 21.3 months

The year is 2030. The time is 4:30 am. I am banging pots and pans above my teenage daughter’s head. “Mooooooooom, stoooooppp itttt”, she whines. “Why do you keep waking me up so early???”

“My darling Fynnlee…please refer to blog post 2/21/2017 where I complain that you haven’t slept past 4:30 for almost 2 years and I tell you paybacks are a B.”

~Sigh~ I’m tired.

In her defense, Fynnlee was just sick (again). Double ear infection this time and we had 3+ nights of a very miserable baby getting next to zero sleep. And as things usually go with my favorite daughter, it takes at least 2 weeks for her to get back to decent sleep. She’s been waking up between midnight & 1:30 and screaming for at least an hour before waking up for the day @ 5. Now I will happily sit up and snuggle her all night when she is ill, but I have zero patience for this other nonsense. Quite frankly, if she were an only child, I pop my earplugs in and let her scream her head off all night long. Sound heartless & cold? Spend a week of sleep overs at my house. You’ll quickly change your tune.

Greyson continues to sleep super well. Out like a light by 7 and up around 6. And it’s not fair for him to have to deal with her screaming so we have been putting her in the pack n play in our bedroom. Jerry can sleep through a parade marching through our room but I can’t sleep through that noise. Let me remind that I’m cold and heartless and the screaming doesn’t bother me. I just need quiet to sleep well. So tonight is a new plan. She wakes up. I get her, put her in our room and then sleep in the guest room.

I told Jerry all of these sleepless nights are just my training for Las Vegas (we will be there in 11 weeks…EEEK!). He said we’re the only people who go to Vegas to get a good nights sleep.

Alright. Enough of that (I know, I know…I’m obsessed with sleep).

So Fynnlee was sick on Friday and we put in the first call to duty for Grandma Soscia. She’s been officially living in Pittsburgh for 10 whole days. #godblessgrandparents.

Saturday she was still miserable and Jerry volunteered to take her to the doctor. And I took Bug on a date to the Children’s Museum.

Hooboy, what a difference in that place Saturday vs. Sunday! It was nuts.

The beauty of the membership is we can go for an hour and not feel guilty about the cost. By noon, it was packed and I hate crowds so we checked out to relieve Daddy.

I need to make it more of a priority to get one on one time with my kids. It’s good for them and me.

Fynnlee’s fever broke later in the day and by dinner time, she was feeling much more like herself.


Our weather this weekend was insanely beautiful. Blue skies and sun all around. It was in the 60s which makes pants optional.

It was a great day for a drive to my Dads and Grandma & Grandpa Hurley prepared us a feast! Filet, chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, carrots and apple pie. I forgot the booster seats (whomp whomp) but these two Beans were so proud of themselves sitting at the table in big kids chairs. And Fynnlee ate her weight in Choo Choo wheels (Grandmas always make better food than Moms do), which made me very happy considering she had no appetite while she was sick.

They love their Grandma Anna!

So that was the weekend. Fynnlee was extra pumped to get back to school on Monday and wowed her teachers with a 3 hour nap #becauseshewontsleepatnight. Speaking of school, here are some recent snapshots:



And that’s life lately! Hope you have a great, healthy, rested week!